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VALPARAISO | It was long after Valparaiso won Tuesday’s Class 4A Valparaiso Regional title match over Munster before Kate Bontrager finally let go of the championship plaque.
Washington Twp. junior Lauren Kleist is looking to lead the Senators to their third regional title in the last five years. Kleist had 19 kills in last season's five-set regional championship win over Pioneer.
Washington Twp. junior Lauren Kleist is a three-year starter for the Senators. She is very familiar with Pioneer as the teams have matched up during regional play in each of the last five years.
VALPARAISO | This wasn’t supposed to be Washington Twp’s year.
WARSAW | The first cut is the deepest and as it goes for the Chesterton boys soccer team, the first cut of 2014 was fatal.
CHESTERTON | The Chesterton boys soccer team is filled with standouts.
UNION MILLS | Riley Popplewell remembers vividly watching the South Central volleyball team string together an impressive postseason run when she was in middle school.
CHESTERTON | For a team that had plenty of firepower returning this year, it appeared the Chesterton boys soccer team had one major question entering the season: who would replace keeper Caleb Gmyrek?
CHICAGO | Conference parity was the prevailing theme on Wednesday afternoon as each Horizon League men’s basketball coach had their turn at the microphone during the league’s annual media day.
WASHINGTON TWP. | Washington Township isn’t ready to hand over the torch just yet.
CHESTERTON | Injuries have long been part of sports and rare is the team that can go through an entire season unscathed.
CHICAGO | Opportunity Enterprises sent a team of local runners to the Chicago Marathon for the 16th straight year on Sunday. Could this be the last year?
CHICAGO | Amy Maciejewski knew that when she finished her running career at Manchester University last year she would need another competitive challenge.
Amy Maciejewski, left, made the Chicago Marathon her third marathon of 2014. Her mother, Terri, spent the day volunteering for the Opportunity Enterprises marathon team and refreshing her phone looking for updates on her daughter.
CHICAGO | The weather for Sunday’s Chicago Marathon couldn’t have been better and the smile on Kim Orosz’s face couldn’t have been wider.
PORTAGE | The last time the Chesterton boys soccer team won consecutive sectional titles the Trojans ended up playing for a state championship.
PORTER TWP. | There was only word that came to mind for Hebron senior Brad Blank when he got his hands on the Boone Grove Class A Sectional trophy Saturday afternoon.
VALPARAISO | Although records typically get thrown out the window when Valparaiso and Portage meet on the football field, the standing of both Duneland Athletic Conference rivals couldn’t be ignored heading into Friday night.
Lake Central junior Samantha Anderson talks about Lake Central's 3-1 victory over LaPorte on Thursday night. The win sets up a winner-take-all Duneland Athletic Conference title match on Tuesday night when Valparaiso travels to Lake Central.
LAPORTE | The race for the Duneland Athletic Conference volleyball championship is officially down to one game.
Hobart senior keeper KJ Haluska talks after the Brickies earned their first postseason win in 12 years. Hobart beat Portage 1-0 on Wednesday night and will play Chesterton in the Class 2A Portage Sectional final on Saturday night.
PORTAGE | The numbers were staggering for the Hobart boys soccer team.
PORTER TWP. | An undefeated regular season doesn’t even come close to fulfilling the lofty goals for the Hebron boys soccer team.
BOONE GROVE | Since moving to class soccer in 2011, the Boone Grove boys soccer team has opened the postseason against Oregon-Davis each year. The Wolves have also won a sectional title in each of the last three years.
VALPARAISO | The words, when spoken fast enough, sound like they could be from the latest radio pop song.
Chesterton's Jameson Sensibaugh talks about going undefeated in the regular season and where the Trojans go from here.
LAPORTE | The Chesterton boys soccer team checked another goal off the list Wednesday night. Now the real work begins.
Striker Nick Surber has helped Hebron stay undefeated this season.
Hebron sophomore Nick Surber talks about scoring a hat trick on his 16th birthday to lead the Hawks to a 4-3 victory over Rensselaer.
PORTAGE | It hasn’t taken long for first-year Portage coach Will Fortenberry to figure out how to infuse a little energy into his practices if the Indians aren’t competing hard.
Portage seniors Ben, left, and Aaron Schaefer began playing soccer at Kratz Field in Ogden Dunes at age four. The twins are hoping to bring home a sectional title in their final year of playing together.
HEBRON | Ziggy Mijatovic had a simple message for his Hebron soccer team when the Hawks fell behind for the first time all season Monday night: stay simple.
Wheeler hitters Kaitlyn Bell, left, and Briannah Wodetzki have come back after personal trials last season to make an impact for the 18-4 Bearcats this season.
Briannah Wodetzki was cut from the Wheeler program before her sophomore season. Wodetzki worked throughout the offseason and is now in the starting lineup for the 18-4 Bearcats.
Kaitlyn Bell spent three seasons on junior varsity before finally cracking the fulltime varsity roster as a senior. Bell is currently getting looks from Manchester College.
UNION TWP. | Motivational speakers around the world have made a fortune using a variation of the phrase “it’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.”
CROWN POINT | Stepping out of the Duneland Athletic Conference did nothing to slow the intensity of the Crown Point volleyball team Saturday afternoon.
VALPARAISO | Trailing by a touchdown at halftime, Crown Point coach Kevin Enright challenged the Bulldogs – notably the offensive line – to get back to the basics.
CHESTERTON | Playing in a hostile environment and coming off a uninspired performance on Tuesday night, Valparaiso volleyball coach Katie Lenard wanted to see a strong start from the Times No. 1 Vikings.
Chesterton senior Jared O'Dell talks about scoring the game-winning goal in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Portage. The Trojans clinched the outright DAC title with the victory.
PORTAGE | Thoughts of an undefeated season, a sectional title or a deeper run toward a state championship have all taken a back seat to one goal for the Times No. 1 Chesterton boys soccer team: winning the Duneland Athletic Conference.
Crown Point senior Alyssa Kvarta talks following the Bulldogs started off the second round of DAC play with a road win at LaPorte.
LAPORTE | With the first round of Duneland Athletic Conference play in the rear view mirror, Crown Point coach Alison Duncan was eager to see if her team could kick it into another gear on Tuesday night.
HEBRON | Richie Botts knew going into his senior season that the Hebron boys soccer team had a real chance to make some noise.
The Hawks knocked off Boone Grove and Bishop Noll in back-to-back games earlier this season. Captains Richie Botts and Grant Morrow both cited their club experience with FC Revolution as reason behind their victories.
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